I'm happy to report that we all survived the festive season unscathed, which as always, went by in a blur!
After several days of above zero temperatures, aided by a southerly wind, most of the snow has thawed away, and what little ice remains, ought to be gone by the weekend. I can only hope that we will remain frost and ice free, at least until the wind again swings in from the north, as surely it must.
February is traditionally our snowiest month, so we are not out of the woods yet!
The bad weather has at least allowed me to concentrate on my writing, and over the past few weeks articles produced by myself have been published in the Shooting Times, Countryman's Weekly, and the Sporting Rifle.
Last week saw the completion of a piece on the returning use of the horse and trap as transport, in the face of astronomical fuel price rises, and by friday, I'm hoping to have pieces on both fishing and deer stalking completed.
For those interested in The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, held between the 28th of April and the 2nd of May 2011, you will find the events section of the website programme now open.
We at Burnside of Ballintomb will be hosting carving lessons throughout the festival, limited to four places per day, priced at £45.00 per person.
In addition, those wishing to attend carving classes throughout the year, please contact me on: 01340 810495
Courses can be made to fit whatever the clients needs maybe, and personal tuition is assured.
Stay warm. Stay safe.